On Wednesday, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the 2020 National Merit semifinalists. Based on the PSAT scores juniors took last October, the cutoff for California in 2020 was a NMSQT Selection Index score of 221. Winners achieve scores in the top 1% of their state. This year, ten Menlo-Atherton seniors were among approximately 16,000 highschoolers nationwide who achieved this award. They will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.

The semi-finalists for Class of 2021 are as follows:

Rachel Park
Sathvik Nori
Nate Baxter
Andrew Morris
Peter Koenig
Alex Waitz
Nicholas Way
Anika Bjerknes
Gavin Plume
Dana Lau

Sheryl Chen is a junior and in her second year in journalism. She hopes to expand her knowledge on issues pertinent to M-A and the local community. She is also a member of M-A's debate team.

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